UAE Government Launches “Moonshot Pilot Grant” to Turn Country Into Public Sector Innovation Hub
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The UAE Government has launched the “Moonshot Pilot Grant” aiming to enlist experts from around the world to help develop and implement innovative ideas and projects to improve global public sector initiatives and enhance the country’s readiness for the future.
The UAE Government is looking for applicants for its new public sector innovation fund, the Moonshot Pilot Grant, offering up to $100,000 per pilot to facilitate testing of potential government initiatives and accelerate their development and implementation in the public sector.
The grant was unveiled during the Moonshot Apprenticeship Program graduation event, implemented by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI), where graduates presented their solutions and ideas to key ministers and representatives of the UAE Government.
The ceremony was attended by UAE ministers including: H.E. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth; H.E. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy; H.E. Dr Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises; H.E. Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade; H.E. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and the Future; H.E. Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology; as well as H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications.
Other dignitaries included: H.E. Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs; H.E. Huda Al Hashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs; H.E. Saeed Al Eter, Chair of the UAE Government Media Office; and H.E. Eng. Majid Sultan Al-Mismar, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the Digital Government.
Her Excellency Huda Al Hashimi confirmed that the grant is aligned with the UAE Government’s vision to adopt a progressive framework based on innovation, and an advanced work model to enhance the government’s agility and readiness in the future.
“The Moonshot Pilot Grant will create a supportive environment for innovation in governments by defining objectives, developing a general project structure, and setting achievable targets; in line with the ’Principles of the 50‘ aiming to build a new generation of young talents and create a knowledge-based economy,” H.E. said.
The MBRCGI’s Moonshot Pilot Grant supports the UAE’s vision to enhance the country’s competitiveness and promote its status as the capital for talents and future for the next 50 years. The grant will fund projects related to the government sector, such as data, govtech, economy, global outreach, and global talent.
The Moonshot Pilot Grant will also enable governments to build more sustainable and robust economies by facilitating new solutions to government financing, new tools to achieve growth, and smart spending plans for crises and emergencies.
MBRCGI is seeking top global experts who are willing to test their innovative ideas in the UAE. Applicants for the Moonshot Grant must demonstrate concrete actions that can change the core of governance and help create pockets of innovation that can be scaled to support governments. Concepts must be impactful, improve governments, disruptive, practical, timely (to be completed in six months), globally relevant, and implemented in the UAE.
The grant reflects the shift from traditional methods of developing public sector innovations to a world where top talents from across sectors participate from the idea stage to implementation on a national level. It also aims to attract high performing researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs from various sectors; contributing to find solutions to the most pressing challenges, through empowering them to develop and implement their initiatives.
Applications close on 18 November 2021. Innovators can apply for the Moonshot Pilot Grant here.
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